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This accession documents the production of "The Mississippi: River of Song." Better known as "River of Song," this project combined a television series, radio series, and 2-disc compact disc. The project as a whole explores the richness and vitality of American music at the close of the twentieth century through live performances and intimate discussions with musicians along the course of the Mississippi River. The 4-part television series aired on the Public Broadcasting Service beginning in January 1999. It takes viewers on a musical journey from the headwaters in northern Minnesota to the river's mouth in the Gulf of Mexico, creating a portrait of the American musician along the way. All scenes were shot live on location and feature musicians that represent the regional culture. The 7-part radio series aired on Public Radio International affiliates beginning in January 1999. The radio series is similar in content to the television series and is hosted by Ani DiFranco. The 2-CD set consists of 36 tracks of live recordings from 1995 through 1997. The CDs feature contemporary musicians who have forged their styles out of the rich musical heritage found along the banks of the Mississippi River. The CDs were distributed through Smithsonian Folkways beginning in 1998. Materials in this accession include originals, production masters, archives, narration, sound mixes, distribution copies, and promotional copies. Additional and detailed information about these productions may be found at The River of Song Project website at http://www.pbs.org/riverofsong/.
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- DiFranco, Ani
- Public Broadcasting Service (U.S.)
- Public Radio International
- Smithsonian/Folkways Recordings
- The Mississippi: River of Song (Television program : 1999)
- The Mississippi: River of Song (Radio program : 1999)
- Television -- Production and direction
- Video recordings -- Production and direction
- Music -- United States
- Musicians -- United States
- Documentary television programs
- Museums -- Educational aspects
- Mississippi River
- Mississippi River Valley
Physical Characteristics of Materials in the Collection
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 06-099, Smithsonian Productions, Productions